FIA traces four more fake accounts used in Rs35bn money laundering scam | Pakistan Today

FIA traces four more fake accounts used in Rs35bn money laundering scam

–Federal agency to submit final report to apex court on Monday

–Report says over Rs9bn were laundered through four bank accounts found recently

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will submit its final report on the Rs35 billion money laundering scam in the Supreme Court on Monday.

According to the FIA’s report, more than 10 political personalities are allegedly involved in fictitious transactions worth Rs 35 billion. According to the report, four more fake accounts have been traced through which more than Rs 9 billion were laundered.

Two of the primary accused are former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur. Both were summoned on more than one occasion but they failed to appear before the investigation team.

Earlier on August 6, a two-member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar summoned Omni Group of Companies sponsor and former president Asif Zardari’s close aide Anwar Majeed and his family on August 13, in connection with a case relating to fake bank accounts.

During the hearing of the money laundering case, Farooq H Naik, the counsel of former president, Asif Zardari, and Faryal Talpur said FIA declared both his client absconder in the case, despite the court’s orders.

CJP Nisar directed the department to provide complete information about the bank accounts’ owners.

Earlier on August 4, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif  Zardari and Faryal Talpur failed to appear before Joint Investigation Team (JIT) of the FIA.

Both were summoned to record their statement before the JIT. Notices were also issued to them by FIA. Zardari’s close aide Hussain Lawai is also in FIA’s custody in the case.

Asif Ali Zardari, Faryal Talpur, and their associates are accused of sending Rs35 billion abroad through fake accounts after which, their names were placed on Exit Control List (ECL)

Previously on July 30, Talpur challenged FIA’s interim challan and submitted Rs2 million bail amount in the court.

She adopted the stance that money laundering has not been mentioned in the FIR while her role is also not clearly stated in the challan. She has denied all the accusations levelled against her.

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